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The Evolution of Love and Devotion in Dementia Caregiving

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 6:21 pm on October 22, 2017

      Love and Devotion in Dementia Caregiving This week, we have a special guest. Enma Espinoza is not only a dedicated wife, community member and mother, but she is also a devoted caregiver to her husband, Frank, who has advanced stages of dementia. Enma recently was awarded one of our Respite Care grants, in partnership with The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement™ and Move for Minds, where she spent her time off taking the train along the Santa Barbara coast and exploring the beautiful beaches. We sat down with Enma to discuss some of the highlights and challenges of her caregiving journey, how taking respite improved her emotional well-being, and how dementia transformed the love …

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Five Resilience-Building Practices for the Dementia Caregivers

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 6:27 pm on September 5, 2017

Replacing negative emotions with positive thoughts helps Dementia caregivers build Resilience to overcome trauma and stress. Resilience is a characteristic that helps dementia caregivers bounce back from sadness, exhaustion, and difficulties. It can protect them from developing compassion fatigue and burnout. Psychologists1 define resilience as a person’s ability to recover from hardship. Individuals who are resilient do not allow failure to overwhelm them. Psychologists indicate that those who practice resilience are those who have a positive attitude, optimism, and an ability to control their emotions. These individuals are able to pick themselves up from failure or disappointment and find a way to regroup and move on. The characteristics of resilience can greatly benefit dementia caregivers who …

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Three Tips for Daughters Juggling Life and Dementia Caregiving

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 6:10 pm on September 5, 2017

‘Dementia Caregiving’ Daughters are on the frontline of care for those with dementia. Stanford researchers indicate that 83 percent of Dementia caregiving is provided by unpaid family members and two-thirds of them are women. Stanford University School of Medicine1 researchers report that, “The responsibility of providing care to the vast number of patients with dementia expected over the next 20 years will disproportionately fall on working women.” These statistics demonstrate that as the population ages women will increasingly become caregivers and will be forced to figure out how to balance work, family and caregiving responsibilities. It also means that women will have to learn how to avoid caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue. We are concerned …

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The Cognitive Therapeutics Method™

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 5:49 pm on September 5, 2017

A Research-Based Holistic Program Designed to Keep Aging Minds Sharp Our Cognitive Therapeutics Method is designed to keep aging minds engaged. The Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM) first of all is a brain health program developed by researchers at Home Care Assistance. The program aims to improve the quality of life in our clients through a holistic approach to caring. Incorporating positive lifestyle improvements, as well as personalized, one-on-one activities that engage the main cognitive domains of the brain. The Cognitive Therapeutics Method’s program activities target more than just memory and engage other cognitive functions including executive functioning, attention, language, and visual spatial domains. This approach goes hand-in-hand with lifestyle improvements in physical activity, social engagement, diet, …

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“Flu Vaccine” Why Should Ageing Adults Get the Free Flu Vaccine ?

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 11:39 am on July 29, 2017

                      Flu vaccine for seniors is an important way to prevent illness. People over the age of 65 living in Australia receive a free influenza vaccine, and they should take advantage of the National Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program. Getting vaccinated for the flu is just one way seniors can manage their health. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care, Home Care Assistance Gold Coast is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. Here are a few …

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Long-Distance Caregiving: The Three Most Unexpected Emotions

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 10:37 am on July 29, 2017

As a long-distance caregiver, you are probably filled with worry and exhaustion. You may also experience feelings of guilt, doubt and resentment toward your loved one. While these emotions may be unwelcome and may make you feel uncomfortable, they are not unusual among long-distance caregivers. You can find a way to cope with these emotions while facilitating long-distance caregiving . Here are a few steps to start: How do you cope with guilt? It may help to change a few things; call more, visit more if you can, and send cards and letters. The more you increase your communication and connection to your loved one, the less guilty you may feel. Accept your limitations. Realistically, …

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Manage Long-Distance Care

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 12:04 pm on June 18, 2017

If you are a long-distance caregiver you need access to resources and tools that can help you manage the care of a loved one. Thankfully there are numerous resources and new technologies that can help you to organize the details of care. They can also help you to oversee a loved one’s care from a distance. Not everyone knows how to build the best long-distance care team so here are three valuable resources to manage long-term care for a loved one. The health care team: Developing a relationship with the members of your loved one’s care team can provide you with important information. They are an essential resource for you. Call your loved one’s physician …

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The Emotional Toll of Dementia Caregiving

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 11:50 am on June 18, 2017

We know that caregivers can suffer emotionally, mentally and physically from the rigors of caring for a loved one with dementia, but the emotional toll of it often goes unmentioned. For those that have dementia, their illness actually costs more to treat than cancer and heart disease combined. But behind these numbers is a hidden – and very real – human cost to the family caregivers who help those with dementia go about their days. Given that one in four adults serve as a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia it is easy to see that this issue has serious implications for the country as a whole. That’s why …

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Top Five Communication Techniques for Early Dementia

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 11:31 am on June 18, 2017

Dementia changes many things and one of them is language. In fact, one of the earliest signs of dementia is the inability to retrieve words. Another is difficulty following a storyline and/or processing information. Changes in communication are to be expected and can be navigated with proper dementia care preparation. The preparation can come in all shapes and forms; have you ever heard how the rules of Improve being a good way to communicate with a loved one with dementia? As dementia impacts your loved one’s language abilities you may observe some of the following symptoms: Difficulty retrieving the right words in conversation. Describing familiar objects rather than using the name, i.e. that silver thing …

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The Six Superfoods You Need to Know About

By HCA Gold Coast Manager, 10:23 am on April 22, 2017

There is Superman, the Super Bowl and even Super Mario Brothers, but do you know about Superfoods? They are the foods that are power-packed with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. People of all ages can benefit from eating these foods but they are especially helpful for seniors who may be eating smaller amounts of food and less frequent meals. Eating these nutrition-rich foods can help seniors to receive high nutrition levels even in small amounts. Here is a list of the top superfoods that you should know about. 1. The number one superfood is Water: Of course it is technically a liquid but it is so …

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